MIT has been a leader in online education for more than a decade, and many leading thinkers in the evolution of education technology have emerged from the Cambridge, Massachusetts campus. MOOC leader, edX, is run by Anant Agarwal, who is a professor at MIT, for example. The path of progress has [...]
We report on educators’ experiences of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) focussed on the ‘Carpe Diem’ learning design process. The MOOC was developed in-house using Blackboard CourseSites by a university innovation and development unit, Learning Transformations, at Swinburne University Technology in Melbourne, Australia. We propose the potential of MOOCs as an opportunity to expose university academics who are taking part as participants in online learning to constructively change their teaching practice. We report on a study of their experiences with the Carpe Diem MOOC. Conclusions include illumination of MOOCs’ value as professional development opportunities that can provide an authentic relevant experience for educators as well as promote new skills in learning design and delivery for their own teaching.
Sheffield Hallam University has joined the fight against one of the UK's biggest cancer killers by launching its first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Enhancing Prostate Cancer Care.In collaboration with Prostate Cancer UK the MOOC has been designed to give healthcare professionals, patients, carers as well as those with a keen interest in
Lost in the polarizing debate about massive open online courses (MOOCs) is a clear assessment of how this new medium is actually affecting postsecondary education, if at all, and how it could be useful in the future. The reality is, MOOCs are a tool, not a solution. And like any tool, they are likely to be more useful for some jobs than for others.
When massive open online courses, or MOOCs, took the world by storm in 2012, all too often the description of them was accompanied by an adjective: disruptive. The implication? They were clearly disruptive innovations destined to transform learning. Although the three companies most associated with the term MOOC—Coursera, edX, and Udacity—may [...]
Mick and Hilary from the Duct Tape Uni team are in Bristol at the moment at the JISC SOSI summer school doing a bit of work on the communications around this and we have come up with an interesting way of explaining the project in a nutshell. Instead of
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